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Court: San Francisco can’t ban suspected drug dealers

San Francisco
Posted at 9:10 PM, May 02, 2022
and last updated 2022-05-03 00:10:49-04

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A California appeals court ruled against an effort by San Francisco to ban four suspected drug dealers from a 50-square-block area in a city neighborhood rife with drug dealing and drug use.

The ruling issued Friday is part of a case that started in 2020 when San Francisco sued 28 alleged drug dealers who frequent the Tenderloin and South of Market neighborhoods to try and clean up the area that has seen the city’s largest number of overdose death.

The San Francisco Chronicle reported Monday that the state’s First District Court of Appeal said a local government may be entitled to issue narrowly targeted stay-away orders to wrongdoers in some circumstances, but not one that is so broad.